|I am just going to bring this up to see if I can get an interesting topic going here that I have been performing some research on, and have come through with some interesting results.|
Not too long ago, I had been marveling about how much memory vista was using on startup. I have been using vista for some time, and kind of knew from different forum posts that it was a given that vista was a memory hog. When my computer was just turned on, it showed that I had already used between 1.2-1.4gb of memory. Whereas in XP, it had only used up 150MB after the computer was loaded. What was going on here? I knew that many people had complained about how much memory vista took up, but I knew that there must have been a reason for it.
I then came upon an article that explained the Super Fetch feature in Vista. This article explained the process by which vista defaults toward; the caching of programs that it thought I would use next. Personally, I thought this was a bit silly, I am a 3d artist and compositor, the main programs I use take up most of my memory when they are running. How could vista load these into the memory cache when they take up most of my memory? I realized that it most likely couldn’t.
So I went to the services tool to see if I could disable this Super Fetching feature. Upon finding the Super Fetching service status showing as Automatic in Services, I decided to disable it. I also disabled several other things that I did not need such as Tablet Input Service, DWM (Desktop Window Manager, which had been taking up 40,000 to 45,000k of memory on an average day), and several others.
After I restarted the computer, I noticed that vista was using about 850MB of memory, a small improvement from before. I also noticed that vista was not caching my available RAM anymore. But perhaps the biggest difference that I noticed was that where before my computer would take 1-2 minutes to hibernate, it now hibernated in only under 20 seconds. The same applied for startup time from being in a hibernated state. When I used to come out of hibernation, it would take nearly a minute, maybe even a little more, but now it only takes about 10 seconds! What an improvement! I assume that vista is not saving all of that cached crud to the disk anymore when it is hibernating.
Another thing that I have noticed is that vista seems somewhat more responsive.
All of the above also applies to the Windows 7 RC1.
Does anyone have any similar experiences or tips? I am considering writing an article on this, I literally searched everywhere for the information I just wrote above, but could not find it. I hope that others will benefit from this information.